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John William Kirton 1831-1892
(1881 Census entry)
Born 3.1.1831. The son of Thomas and Sarah Kirton, shopkeepers in East
Smithfield. He was christened on 3.2.1834 at St James, Piccadilly.
He became a Baptist Minister and temperance lecturer. Minister of Burslam
for four years. A prolific writer. Died 15.6.1892. (Information from Anna
Happy Homes and How to Make Them or, counsels on love, courtship,
and marriage. Printed 1870 by Frome, Birmingham. Published
1874 by Kempster, London. 1897 John Kempster & Co, London.
1957 Marshall, Morgan and Scott, Ltd., London and Edinburgh. [Who
were selling large quantities to West African churches in the early 1960s -
With only the date "This edition reprinted 1957". Source.. I used to send
Cheerful homes how to get and keep them: or, counsels to those about to
marry, and those who are married: A companion to "Happy homes and how to
make them." Publisher: 1882 London: Ward, Lock, and Co., Warwick
House, Salisbury Square, E.C. New York: 10, Bond Street. "Copyright receipt
stamp dated Jan. 1883. - With a list of works published by Ward, Lock & Co"
[Catalogue Register of Preservation Surrogates]
Cassell's Household Guide to Every Department of Practical Life:
Being a Complete Encyclopedia of Domestic and Social Economy. New And
Revised Edition. Four volumes bound as two with four Indexes to Vols
and one General Index. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, Paris, New York
(and Melbourne from vol.3).
Annie M. Hewer (Mrs J. Langton Hewer)
In 1929: "State Registered Nurse; Certified Midwife; Member of College
of Nursing; Late Hospital Ward Sister". Address on Preface: 64 Finchley
Road, London, NW8, January 1929.
March 1891: First edition of Our Baby - For Mothers and
1920 Baby: from bud to blossom by J. Langton Hewer ; with
forewords by Eric Pritchard and Lady Leslie Mackenzie. Publisher: London :
Eagle, Star and British Dominions Insurance. 223 pages: illustrations (some
coloured): forms; 17 cm [Manchester University Library record on Copac.
This does not say "Mrs" so may not be the same person.]
Before 1929: Third Edition revised The Baby of Today - First
Principles of his Management "Especially suitable for distribution to
young women, Girl Guides girls beginning creche and child welfare work". 4d
net. Postage 1p. Supplied at 3/6 per dozen, postage 6d, for distribution at
day nurseries and child welfare centres etc. John Wright and Sons Ltd,
Bristol. [Details from an advertisement in Our Baby January 1929
page 16A. Copac lists a 6th (1930) 6th edition in 1934 and a 1945 edition.
Our Baby - For Mothers and Nurses "Nineteenth
Edition, Illustrated, Fully Revised (180th Thousand)". Bristol: John Wright
and Sons Ltd. London: Simpkin Marshall Ltd. Toronto: The Macmillan Company
of Canada Ltd.
June 1904 The Methodist Hymn Book London. Wesleyan Conference
Office. "the lineal descendent... of
the volume so long known as 'Wesley's Hymns' for which John
Wesley wrote a
celebrated Preface in 1779". Inscribed Henry H. Moss -
7th March 1914. Note on title pagge "ETHEL: 409 In heavenly
Love. 410 Dear Lord and Father. 422 Talk with us Lord. 537 My God! I know,
I feel Thee mine. 568 O the bitter shane and sorrow: All - Some - Less -
None of self . 799 Lord dismiss us with thy blessing.
Iwan Bloch 1872-1922)
Block. I. 1907 Das Sexualleben unserer Zeit in seinen Beziehungen
zur modernen Kultur Marcus, Berlin - 1st edition
There were six editions in the one year (1907). The sixth edition was "in
the press" in October 1907
(Block. I. 1908, p.761, footnote 1). The
first edition was issued nine months before
(Block. I. 1908, p.vi) - about February 1907?
The third edition was three months after the first ((Block. I. 1908, p.viii). The English
edition in 1908 was a translation of the sixth edition.
Block. I. 1908
The Sexual Life of Our Time In its Relations to
Modern Civilisation London: William Heinemann (Medical Books
Ltd) - "By Iwan Bloch, M.D. Physician for diseases of the skin, and for
disease of the sexual system in Charlotttenburg, Berlin. Author of
if Syphilis, etc. - Translated by M. Eden Paul, M.D.. translator of
Atlas of Human Anatomy", etc."
September 1908 - New Impressions: November 1910 - March
and November 1913 - August 1914 - March 1919 - September 1920 - May 1922 -
May 1923 - October 1924 - March 1925 - June 1926 - January 1928 - June
"The subject is no doubt one which appeals to and affects the
interests of all adult persons, but the publishers have, after careful
consideration, come to the conclusion that the sale of the English
translation of the book shall be limited to members of the legal and
1933 The Methodist Hymn Book Copyright December
Methodist Conference Office. 23-35 City Road, EC1. Preface "Methodism was
born in song". "The
collection of 1780 was meant to serve a movement, this to serve
a church". "like its predecessors... intended for use in private devotion
as well as in public worship". Inscribed "Ethel Moss. Helmsley, Western
Road, Billericay, Essex".
John Gibbens (John Hartley Gibbens)
1946: MB (Cambridge), MRCP (London). Medical Officer to the Babies'
Club, Chelsea. Late Chief Assistant to the Children's Department, St
Thomas's Hospital and the Infant's Department, Queen Charlotte's Hospital
1936: The Care of Children from One to Five Years
Publisher: London : Association of Maternity & Child Welfare Centres, 1936.
eight introductory pages. 126 main pages.
1938: Posture and Exercise for Young Children
Publisher: London: National Association of Maternity and Child Welfare
Centres and for the Prevention of Infant Mortality.
1940: First edition of The Care of Young Babies The preface
refers to existing books for the "young woman... bringing up her child"
being "full of descriptions of dread diseases". About 70 pages (out of
174) of Annie M. Hewer's
Our Baby (1929 edition) fit this description. It is not
clear why Dr Gibbens thinks parents (father's role is discussed) in the
1940s only needed a chapter on "Minor Ailments", but it may have reflected
changing patterns of health care. The balance of issues is similar in
The Care of Young Babies Second edition. London. J. &
A. Churchill Ltd. 104 Gloucester Place. Portman Square. 7 plates and 7 text
figures. eight introductory pages. 200 main pages including index.
1946: The Care of Children from One to Five Years London.
J. & A. Churchill Ltd. 7 plates.
eight introductory pages. 200 main pages
1947: Chelsea Babies' Club (London)
Recipes for food and conduct by James L. Chisholm, John Gibbens [and
others] New edition, enlarged and revised.
1947: The Care of Babies and Young Children in the Tropics
Publisher: London : National Association of Maternity and Child Welfare
Centres and for the Prevention of Infant Mortality.
1961: The Care of Children from One to Five Sixth edition
- Appears to have been the last.
1962: The Care of Young Babies Fifth edition - Appears to
have been the last.
Benjamin Spock (Benjamin Mclane Spock) 2.5.1903-15.3.1998
1946: The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child
Sloan and Pearce (USA). This edition had 58 printings and was the best
selling new title issued in the USA since best-seller lists began in 1895
Name was changed to Baby and Child Care
1955: Baby and Child Care [Benjamin Spock]
published London: Bodley Head. First "English" edition. Reprinted
1956. 474 pages: illustrated.
1957: Baby and Child Care. Pocket Cardinal. New York.
Second, 1957 edition (see date in text on page 495), but the 173rd printing
(September 1967). This copy bought in the United Kingdom.
Mark McCrum and Matthew Sturgis
1999: 1900 House Macmillan: Channell 4 Books
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